WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police say two people are in custody after a cab driver was shot and killed in the area of Kalorama Road Northwest early Tuesday morning.
The cab driver has been identified as 57-year-old Solomon James Okoroh of Lanham, Md., officials say.
According to Police Chief Cathy Lanier, officers were investigating burglaries at approximately 3:15 a.m. Police say the officers heard a car spin out of control and went to investigate. They saw a Classic Cab had crashed into a parking meter in the 2400 block of Ontario off Kalorama Road NW, say police. Officers heard a gunshot and saw two people run from the cab, according to Lanier.
In the dark due to a power outage in the neighborhood, the officers pursued the people on foot, says Lanier. That's when the suspects turned and opened fire on the officers, according to Lanier. The officers returned fire.
Lanier says one gunman forced his way into a nearby home by kicking in the door. Police officers followed him in and took him into custody, says Lanier.
The other suspect was also taken into custody, according to Lanier.
The driver was shot and later died due to his injuries. Lanier says the homeowner is okay.
The suspects have been identified as 32-year-old Ercell Overton and 24-year-old Joshua King, officials say.
Overton has been charged with murder, felony assault of a police officer and burglary and King has been charged with an unrelated probation violation, officials say.
Officers believe the suspects' motive was robbery. They reportedly took the cab from Northeast to Adams Morgan.
The Metropolitan Police Department's Internal Affairs Division and Homicide Unit are conducting the investigation.
The power came back on in the area about 15 minutes after the shooting.